11/29/06 12:49 am - hakuzo - Viking Quiz
11/29/06 12:49 am - hakuzo - Viking Quiz
11/28/06 10:21 pm - hakuzo - Taking A Stand
This really has nothing at all to do with this community, except that it has to do with heathenry. I wanted to get others thoughts on it though, so I welcome any feedback and/or criticism.
It seems like there are a lot of people in the heathen community that really bend over backwords to dis-associate Asatru, Odinism, and heathenry in general from WWII, national socialism, neo-nazi's, etc. While I agree that we shouldn't associate ourselves with such negativity, it also seems like an aweful lot of energy is being expended resisting such things.
What I don't understand is why we can't switch gears and use the same energy to conquer a more immediate threat... Islam is out to destroy our people and our land. I know that these people are the radical right wing within Islam, but let's face it: it's hard to tell which muslims are radical and which aren't. A couple of months ago, several states actually voted into office islamic politicians. How do we know these poeple are safe?
I'm sure there were cases of strangers being accepted into the communities of our ancestors. Our ancestors were known for their hospitality. I think that they also would have agreed with me though, that you don't play with snakes: you kill them. I'd very much like to see some of us within the heathen community at large work our way into political offices, and start making it harder for muslims to hold office.
If you hate fascism, you should think hard about this: Nazi Germany had strong ties with Islam and the middle east. A lot of neo-nazi's think that what happened on 9/11 was cool. They think that ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government) rules the USA covertly. If you have not heard of this, I suggest you google 'ZOG'. The muslim and nazi threats both need to be destroyed...
11/10/06 01:32 pm - hakuzo - A Bit Of War And Doom
When Gullveig was spitted on spear points
And burned in the hall of the High God:
Thrice burned, thrice reborn
Often laid low, she lives yet.
The gods hastened to their Hall of Judgement,
Sat in council to decide whether
To endure great loss in loud strife
Or let both command men's worship.
At the host Odin hurled his spear
In the first world-battle; broken was the plankwall
Of the God's fortress: the fierce Vanes
Caused war to occur in the fields."
11/8/06 01:42 am - hakuzo - Warning: Long, Rhetoric (x-posted to e_vinland)
This might be a little like teasing a rabid dog with a stick, but I posted this to one of the heathen e-lists:
"I was raised fundamentalist christian. The one thing I loved as a child about that religion was the bitter-sweet, somber wisdom of Proverbs, and the
laments of Psalms. The best memories of that time that I have were of one of the elders teaching Proverbs, and explaining Psalms. There were other things
that I remember about that time. We had men who were not appointed, but took it upon themselves to welcome others, to shake their hands, and ask how the
other person was doing.
My first experience with heathenism was a very lonely one. Around the age 13 I ran into a page in a book that presented the runes as a code. I liked
the look of the script and adopted it as my own. I wrote pages in runes until I could both read and write in them flawlesly. The adjacent page had only a few
sentances about the runes, and described them only as a norse viking alphabet. Not much later, while pursueing another love of mine, greek myth, I ran into
some of the norse myths in the back of an Edith Hamilton book. She wrote a few lines of the Havamal in those pages, and I found a stoic wisdom similarto the
bitter-sweet taste of Proverbs that I had grown so fond of.
When I first joined this list, I was disappointed in the reaction I got. While I didn't expect any fanfare, I thought that perhaps I would at least
find kindred spirits, and perhaps one or two like minded individuals who would later end up close friends. Such has not been thecase. In fact I believe I
have caused problems and disagreement by coming here, and that perhaps my persistance caused those who notice me at all to shrug their shoulders and and sigh with an apathetic 'well,he's not going away'. Most of the time I feel like an outsider looking in.
Am I bitter about this? Am I whining, complaining, or trying to stir up trouble? No... It is only an observation. I believe all is actually as it
should be. This serves a purpose. Those who come and go, adding bits and pieces of what they don't truely understand to some patchwork spirituality that they
create with no roots or background do not belong anywhere near a legitimate path based so deeply on an elderly, fragile, and already threatened heritage.
Heathenism desearves to be jealously guarded. Another benefit to this is that it keeps us from becoming a charisma based cult, and being destroyed by a tidal
wave of new recruits who leave as soon as the next trendy bandwagon arrives, or who inundate us with foreign influences. Is there a better way to handle new people? I don't know, and it's probably not
my place to say. For now it works. If it runs some people off, so be it. They probably weren't meant to stay anyway."
11/2/06 02:29 pm - hakuzo - The Gyst Of hel_heim
I have very specific ideas concerning norse cosmology and the norse pantheon. It's related to Jungian archtypes, and runs a little like this:
Niflheim = the realm of the subconscious
Hel = psychopomp
Loki = the dark side of odin
Baldr = ourselves. The lesson here is of re-incarnation.
Fenrir = blind, berzerk rage
Thor = berzerk rage used in a constructive, or defensive manner
Giants = problems
Mjolnir = mans resolve to chip away at problems symbolised by the giants
Odin = the model of initiation (through the giving of his eye, and the receiving of the runes)
I'm still working it all out, and most of what I've come up with is from memory. I read the myths when I was in high school, so my perceptions will no doubt change as I re-read them.
In the Torah and several non-canonical Jewish and early Christian writings, nephilim (in Hebrew הנּפלים means those causing others to fall) are a people created by the crossbreeding of the "sons of God" (benei elohim, בני האלהים) and the "daughters of men". (See Genesis 6:1.) The word nephilim is loosely translated as giants or titans in some translations of the Bible, and is left as nephilim in others.
Also from Wikipedia.
Niflheim ("Land of Mists") is the realm of ice and cold in Norse mythology. It is located north of Ginnungagap and there dwells the hrimthursar (Frost Giants) and here is also located Hel. The tree Yggdrasill has a root here in the spring Hvergelmir, and it is gnawed away at by the serpent Nidhogg.
Niflheim is ruled by the goddess Hel, daughter to Loki by the giantess Angrboda, personally appointed by Odinto rule over Niflheim. Half of her body is normal, while the other halfis that of a rotting corpse. Niflheim is broken into several layers.One level designed for heroes and gods, where Hel would preside overthe festivities for them. Another is reserved for the elderly, thesick, and those who are unable to die gloriously in battle and enter Valhalla. The lowest level resembled the Christian version of Hell, where the wicked are forced to live forever.
I wonder if these two words have the same or similar root words, or if there is any connection? For that matter, could we northmen be the rebel angels of the hebrew tales? Wouldn't that be a creepy forwards-looking reference (prophecy?), especially in light of WWII?
10/21/06 01:46 am - hakuzo - Holy Symbols
I am still reluctant to totally let the cat out of the bag as to my thoughts on the gods, etins, and the realms, for two reasons. I am hoping a few more will join, and more importantly, I like to keep my readers in suspense. As a result, I will side-step the main issue, at least for now, while hinting here and there of the true nature of this community.
The Thors Hammer is pretty ubiquitous amoung anyone associated with any form of nordic heathenry, but let me ask this: Does it really represent those of us whose god is not Thor, or whose main god or goddess is not of the Aesir? I love what Mjolnir stands for (troth), but I feel that as one drawn mostly to Loki's brood that there must be a better sign to symbolise my spiritual feelings. What symbol(s) do you use, and what do you wear around your neck? Do you have any tattoos, other body modifications, or perhaps a holy object you have created (an actual hammer, or something similar) that you feel represents your spirituality?
As for myself, I do wear a Hammer (mine has two beast heads, and some knot work on it), but I also wear another symbol I feel much more strongly about. I will reveal what that symbol is after I get a reply or two to this post.
Ah, the suspense...
10/19/06 03:35 am - hakuzo - A Brief Post On Loki...
Alright, I know I said it might be a while before I post the next topic, so a little explanation is in order: I have read most of the ancient tales in myth/story format, but I am for the first time reading them in the poetic Edda. Yesterday while at work I found a very interesting reference to Loki. It's in the footnotes to stanza 25 of the Voluspa:
"... a giant offered to erect in one winter's time walls proof against attack of the giants. As price he demanded the sun and the moon and the goddess Freya. The gods accepted, stipulating that the work must be done within that time. But when it neared completion, Loki by strategem foiled the builder, and Thor slew him." (!!!)
This sounds like a bit of deviousness on the part of the gods, and a bit of defensiveness (of the Aesir, and/or Asgard) on the part of Loki. Could it be that there is a bit of role-reversal here?
Not much to really discuss here, but the footnote is an interesting one. Mentioning it is a bit of fore-shadowing on my part, and the above question is retorical, so don't feel obligated to reply... More deviousness on my part to come... *wicked grin*
10/18/06 01:54 pm - hakuzo - In Reply To Answers
You have all posted very good answers to my questions. I am honored to play host to such a group of open minded, intelligent people. You are exactly the type of people I was hoping I would attract with such a community. It may be a few days before I make another post... Don't fret, I have not abandoned you. I want to make sure that what I post is worthy of such a group of people, and want to supply you with quality posts that will challenge you, and create some discussion. Thank you all for your replies.